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SmartAssJen

lover of beauty, words, ideas, art & flesh, in a state of aporia http://smartassjen.com/


I think switching from coffee to tea has been more challenging to my identity than going from male to female.

Like, gender is a weird amalgamation of biology and culture and was I ever really a guy anyways and all that, but I AM a coffee drinker.

Taking Care of Transgender Elders - COLORLINES

Important

(Source: legalizetrans)

Laverne Cox is a woman—and publishing transphobia is a disgrace to us all

"Williamson’s grasp of “the biological facts of life” is no different than pointing to the rising and setting of the sun as as clear evidence that the earth is the center of the universe. Transgender people aren’t lies in the face of facts; we’re facts that widen the truth. Williamson’s audacity to determine what Cox’s body means is a worse sin, and the consequences of an attitude so thoroughly rooted in self-serving prejudice are far darker. His essay eerily echoes centuries of white men telling black women what they are. All who value human agency and self-determination should be deeply disturbed by such ideas.”

How the Trans 100 Is Changing The World

The title makes me swallow my tongue a bit, but that aside, I love how this feature is framed, and that it includes quotes from Tiq Milan, Laura Jane Grace, Bailey Jay, Hayden Mora, and Miss Angelica Ross.

The trans community needs to understand its differences

"To be transgender is to experience trauma. I don’t like seeing myself as a victim, and I believe my friends are I are better defined by what we do rather than what’s been done to us, but this fact can’t be ignored. We are first betrayed by our bodies and then remain vulnerable in a society that fears and often hates gender variance. The trauma manifests very differently depending on race, class, age, profession, sexual orientation, gender expression, etc., but the differences in our trauma shouldn’t separate us as much as the near universal fact of it should unite us.

Any further discussion of these issues should, at the least, include earnest attempts to understand each other. More importantly, differences should be addressed not in a context of who is right, but rather how to make things better for all those who come after us. Anything less is nothing more than self-aggrandizing. We can do better.”

My attempt to understand what’s at the heart of the fight between Parker Molloy, Calpernia Addams, Andrea James, RuPaul, and their respective supporters.

Autostraddle: Want to Support the Women of the Trans 100? Here's How.

I love Mey Rude’s coverage of this year’s Trans 100. For each feature, she’s found a specific way you can support these women’s efforts. Read, learn, share, support.

The 2014 Trans 100 (U.S.) Digital Booklet

I’m amazed at how much more is happening in our community than any of us realize. This is just a glimpse of some of it, but one worth taking.

(Source: trans100)

The 5 Most Inspiring, Thought-Provoking Quotes From The Trans 100

The Trans 100 is the lede in a story about trans women by a trans woman … IN COSMO. I no longer recognize my life.

I remember stealing moments to read Cosmo with a combination of joy and shame. I can’t imagine what would have happened had I seen trans women inside.

Congrats to Christina Kahrl for the gig, and to Janet, Laverne, Geena, and Brynn for the mentions.

March 31st - Feature Trans People In All Media

Monday is International Day of Trans Visibility. On that day we’ll be releasing the 2014 Trans 100 (U.S.)

I would like to see anyone and everyone with any kind of connection to media, whether it’s television, radio, print, website, organizational newsletter, or blog to do one simple thing: feature a trans story, with trans people speaking in their own voices.

If you need resources, check out last year’s Trans 100 list, be in touch with me or Dani Heffernan at GLAAD to get advance notice of this year’s honorees, or contact Transgender Law Center, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, the Transgender Justice Funding Project, or any local LGBT organization. Put a call out on your blogs and Twitter feeds and Facebook pages for submissions by trans people, and invite them in to speak about their experiences.

Please share this, signal your own availability or interest, and list additional resources. Let’s make ourselves as visible as possible.